Plenty of drama in CCMSAL football openers
The opening week of the Coweta County Middle School Athletic League season provided plenty of drama with Evans and Arnall earning respective victories on Tuesday in games decided by just four points.
The week's other major development was two-time defending CCMSAL champion Madras suffering its first loss since 2012 in a 33-6 decision at East Coweta.
Evans picked up at least two big plays on special teams while holding off a late surge by Lee in a 16-12 victory at Newnan High's Drake Stadium.
Arnall also opened its season at 1-0 at home by squeaking past Smokey Road 30-26.
Meanwhile, defending CCMSAL champions Madras were immediately knocked off by East Coweta Middle in a decisive win at McKnight Field by the Indians under head coach Chase Smith.
'Madras is a great football team and I am very proud of our overall team effort,' Smith said. 'It was a great win for our school, athletics and football program.'
Action continues Tuesday with a showdown between undefeated East Coweta and Arnall lineups at Arnall. Evans (1-0) travels to Madras (0-1) while Smokey Road hosts Lee among two teams looking for its first win of the season.
Recapping this week's games:
EAST COWETA 33, MADRAS 6: Dantarius Chunn accounted for four Indians touchdowns, including a 52-yard fumble recovery among at least three Madras turnovers. Javantae Rosser and Raykiyan Moss also had interceptions in the victory.
Chunn added rushing touchdowns of 47, 43 and 61 yards, while East Coweta quarterback Johnathan Hudson also connected with receiver Caleb Johnson on a 61-yard strike for another Indians score in the victory.
Madras' offense was held in check by East Coweta's defense. The Eagles' lone score came on Jay McKenzie's 52-yard punt return. Madras also came up with two ECMS turnovers on Logan Hudson's interception and a fumble recovery by Cole McKeehan.
EVANS 16, LEE 12: In a defensive struggle, the Cougars picked up big plays among special teams on Elijah Williams' 55-yard punt return and Tyriq Hussie's punt block that gave Evans prime field position.
The Cougars' other touchdown came on Woody Waters' 65-yard quarterback keeper, with a pair of two-point conversions from Waters and Malik Hussie providing the difference on the scoreboard.
Lee came up with two fourth-quarter scores on big runs of 50 and 40 yards by Gerald Green. Both times, ensuing two-point tries failed.
Evans' defense was led by Vyshann Wright and Isaac Barrett.
ARNALL 30, SMOKEY ROAD 26: At home, Arnall held on for an opening victory while now moving on to face East Coweta next week among familiar surroundings off Lora Smith Road.
Smokey Road put together 228 yards of offense in the loss against the Knights. Charles Brewster scored on touchdown runs of 78 and 30 yards while finishing with 154 yards rushing on 13 carries. Wildcat teammate Terion King added eight attempts for 77 yards, including a three-yard run.
Radarius McGee also had 10 carries for 64 yards in the loss.
Keondre McGee gave Smokey Road a boost on special teams with a 64-yard kickoff return. Mar cus Lamb also had a fumble recovery for the Wildcats, while Jackson Lamb, Kahlil Royston and Ben Wagner were among the team's leading tacklers.
Information from Arnall was unavailable.